Everyone loves a good brunch, but instead of paying $15 for calorie-saturated pancakes, stay on your diet by whipping up one of these waist-friendly meals. Tips: Use extra fruit to fill in the gaps where the home fries may have lived before; go easy on condiments like ketchup to keep your sodium intake in check; and try using non-dairy milks like almond, rice, or soy milk for extra protein and nutrients.
1. Raspberry and White Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Brunch is supposed to be decadent, right? Well, in this recipe you get the decadence but without the calories. These fluffy, sweet pancakes come in at only 132 calories each. If you aren’t a fan of white chocolate, you can use dark chocolate (which actually saves more calories).
Think of this as a breakfast cobbler. Oatmeal, spices, and fruit are all baked together until gold and bubbly. The recipe calls for butter, but you can use alternatives, like olive oil. Use olive oil to cook the fruit, omit the butter from the wet ingredients, and add a splash more milk. Be sure to refrain from using extra butter to top your serving. Voila!
3. Skinny Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
via Skinny Taste
Sometimes a brunch spread isn’t complete without a basket of muffins on the table. These mini muffins are great for the fall and you can enjoy one or two without having to skip the main course. If you can’t find raw sugar, you can use regular sugar instead.
4. Cinnamon, Ginger, and Pecan Waffles
via All Parenting
You can make this recipe as is, or for an added hit of flavor try stirring in 3/4 cup of finely shredded carrots. Carrot cake waffles, anyone?
5. Pear and Chia Whole Wheat Pancakes
You can never have enough healthy pancake recipes in your brunch recipe arsenal. When selecting pears for this recipe, choose fruit that is firm and smells sweet. If you pick fruit that is too soft, it won’t grate properly.
6. Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts
via The Sweet Life
This recipe requires a special pan, however you can use the same batter to make apple cider doughnut-inspired muffins. The glaze is all powdered sugar so you may want to skip it entirely, and instead sprinkle the top with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar.
7. Scrambled Egg Tacos with Heirloom Tomatoes
via A Couple Cooks
Breakfast tacos are for people who want to take their scrambled eggs up a notch. This recipe pairs eggs with a homemade salsa, but you can add anything you like. Try browning turkey sausage, adding black beans or black olives or top with sliced avocado. Use soft corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas for an even healthier version.
8. Mushroom Frittata
via Cooking Light
A frittata is a quiche without the pastry crust. Like scrambled eggs, you can customize to your liking. This recipe uses an exotic mushroom blend, but try adding white button mushrooms or creminis. Folding in spinach or topping with pieces of basil are great ways to incorporate some greens into your brunch.
9. Raspberry-Ricotta French Toast
via Women’s Health
Healthy french toast is easier to make than you may think. Simply take multigrain bread, use skim milk in the batter and cooking spray in the pan, and you’ve cut out a majority of the excess calories. This recipe gives you an added bonus of a fruity Greek yogurt topping.
10. Skinny Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait
The Skinny Fork
A breakfast parfait is a great way to kick off a healthy brunch, or it can be the creamy ending to a good meal. This recipe pairs pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling), Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. To really punch up the pumpkin flavor, try toasting pumpkin seeds.
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